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What is a reasonable ratio of staff to patient in assisted living?

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I can't see to find any federal or state regulations?

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Assisted Living relies on "level of care" to determine the number of daytime aides. So if everybody needs care, as in a skilled nursing facility, day ratio is 10 patients to 1 aide. That does not include the LPN who supervises them.
But at nightshift, when patients are sleeping I have found the AL/SNF with only two aides to cover 80 patients.
If your parent needs more attention, sit down with the Head Nurse and discuss the Level of Care you need.
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People in AL are supposed to be pretty much able to manage independently with minimal assistance for bathing and medication management, I know in a nearby home the overnight requirement is 2 members of staff in the 60 bed building, and one of those is in the laundry.
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Google patient per day regulations. You can find federal and state regulations concerning nursing home staffing.
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I think one reason it is difficult to find stats for staff to patient ratio is that not all Assisted Living facilities are the same.

Some are just a step above Independent Living but not quite skilled nursing homes.... where other Assisted Living is identical to a skilled nursing facility, the term is interchangeable depending on your area.
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